What is the course about?
This fun day workshop is an introductory course designed to support learners in exploring the form, language and structure of poetry.
The Tutor: Livia Franchini is a writer and translator from Tuscany, Italy. Selected publications include The Quietus, 3:AM, The White Review, LESTE, Hotel and the anthologies On Bodies (3 of Cups) and Wretched Strangers (Boiler House). Livia has translated Natalia Ginzburg, James Tiptree Jr. and Michael Donaghy among many others and is one of the writers-in-residence for the CELA project, which will see her work translated in 6 languages. Livia coordinates The Goldsmiths Prize for fiction and is one of the founding members of FILL - Festival of Italian Literature in London, where she is working towards a PhD on experimental women’s writing.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
- Popular poetic forms: acrostic, concrete and free verse.
- Structuring your poem through rhyme and rhythm.
- Finding poetic stimuli
- Alternative poetic traditions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop your knowledge of poetic form and tradition.
- Develop your understanding of poetic structure.
- Write first draft poetry from the provided information and exercises.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course. Students will need to be able to write in fluent English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mix of tutor instruction, pair work and interactive writing exercises and discussion of published texts.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No extra costs - bring pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Visit Writing > Poetry on our website to browse our full range of beginners', intermediate and advanced poetry writing classes.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details